We arrived in Copenhagen after four days in Berlin, which means that by time we got here my record bag was already pretty full. As a result of that and our limited amount of time in the city I only made it to a few shops.
Beat Bop Pladeforretning
Peder Hvitfeldts Stræde 14, 1173 København
Beat Bop is Michael Denner’s record shop, he of guitar virtuoso fame for his work with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, and Volbeat. As such you’d probably expect the shop to be dedicated to punk and metal. and while it has some of both, the biggest section may in fact be the one in the back room devoted to jazz. I didn’t spend a ton of time here, but was pleased to see a lot of interesting 1980s European releases in the punk/new wave section, things I’ve never seen before in the US. It’s a confined space, even with there being two rooms, so you probably won’t need a ton of time here. I was primarily focused on trying to find Danish records, and in the end came away with a copy of Alien Force’s 1986 rocker Pain And Pleasure, which seemed like the perfect thing to take away from Beat Bop.
One piece of advice – Beat Bop only takes cash, though Michael was open to currency other than Danish Krone, including Euro. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Oehlenschlægersgade 70, 1663 København
After Beat Bop we took a bit of a walk down to the meat packing district to visit Dorma 21, a tiny space that specializes 100% in various electronica subgenres. Small but well stocked, every single record features a hand-written sticker tag on it with basic info, and 12″ releases generally ran the equivalent of $15-17 US. The guy working there was very helpful and when I asked for some local stuff pointed me towards two house records by Desos, which I spun on one of the two listening stations and fell for immediately. In a completely opposite scenario than Beat Bop, Dorma 21 actually prefers you pay in plastic, and it was all I could do not to fill up my entire bag with records here – if it wasn’t for the lack of space in my record bag I’d have easily dropped a few hundred dollars here. A can’t miss for the electronica enthusiast.
Fælledvej 3, 2200 København
Route 66 focuses on new vinyl – I don’t think I saw anything used packed into its bins and wall displays. The focus is primarily on rock, and as our trip was winding down I didn’t have any expectations about picking up anything here. Then I remembered – hey, there are Europe-only Record Store Day releases, and Route 66 had about six bins of RSD titles. And what did I find? Prügelknaben: Prygl På Vinyl, DK Punk 1979-86, a limited edition release of 500 copies. Any opportunity to get some early punk from a country we’re visiting is a win, even if it’s a re-release
Copenhagen actually has quite a few shops, so don’t take this to be any kind of thorough review of the vinyl scene there. We even walked by a few that didn’t show up on any of the research I’d done prior to the trip, so I suspect more and more are popping up all the time.